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Unconfirmed, raw, new to the world's ways.
Unfair, to unfair, to deprive of beauty.
Unhoused, free to change one's abode, unmarried.
Unrolled, erased from the roll or membership of a society. Unsmirched, without smear or stain, pure.
Untraded, not in common use.
Unvalued, that which cannot be estimated, invaluable. Urchin, the hedgehog ; applied also to a fairy.
Usance, usury, exorbitant interest for money.
Utterance, l'outrance, to the uttermost.
Vade, for fade; vading, fading.
Vail, to let down, to lower, to give way.
Vainness, vanity, lightness.
Vantage, advantage, favourable opportunity.
Vantbrace, armour for the arm.
Varlet, valet, a servant, a footman; a scoundrel.
Vast, waste, limitless expanse; vastidity, immensity.
Vaunt courier (French, avant-coureur), a fore-runner.
Velvet-guards, velvet facings or trimmings; persons accustomed to wear rich dresses.
Venew, a stroke of fence; a sally of wit.
Vice, to screw; Vice, a buffoon in old morality plays.
Villany, villanous, generally spelt villainy, villainous, in early editions.
Villein, villain, a servant; a worthless character.
Violenteth, worketh passionately.
Virginal, a musical instrument.
Virginalling, playing as if on a virginal.
Volable, sprightly, of ready speech and action.
Waft, to wave or invite by the hand.
Wappened, withered, outworn.
Warden, a kind of baking pear.
Wassails, merry meetings, festivals.
Watch, a watch-light; watch, to tame by keeping awake. Water-gall, a secondary rainbow.
Water-work, painting in distemper.
Wax, sea of, an allusion to the wax tablets on which the ancients wrote with the stylus.
Web and pin, cataract in the
Ween, to conceive, to think, to imagine.
Weet, to know, to be informed.
Weigh out, to outweigh, to overbalance.
Welkin, the visible firmament.
Wen, a swollen excrescence.
When? an exclamation of impatience.
Whenas, when; where, whereas; whereas, where ; whileas, while.
Whiffler, a fife-player; a trifler; one who walks before a procession.
Whipstock, the handle of a whip; the whip itself.
Whitsters, bleachers of linen.
Wicked, injurious, noxious.
Wide-chopped, open-mouthed, a loud talker.
Widowhood, a dower, the jointure belonging to a widow. Wilderness, wildness.
Wimple, a veil, a hood.
Window-bars, lattice-work in the front part of a woman's
Windring, for winding.
Winter ground, to protect a plant from frost.
Wis, to know; "I wis," I know, I reckon.
With, "I am with you;" "Here be with them;" "Take me with you," &c., forms of expression meaning, "I understand you; "" Enter into their humour;" me know what you mean," &c.
Wittol, one who knows and allows his wife's infidelity.
Woman-tired, one whose wife is his master.
Woolward, without a shirt; wearing a woollen garment next the skin, like a pilgrim on penance.
World to come, the world of a later generation, posterity.
Worts, herbs, coleworts, cabbages.
Wreak, vengeance; wreakful, vengeful.
Writ, the truth, from "holy writ," the Scriptures.
Yare, ready, nimble, manageable.
Yaw, to swerve from the course, a sea term.
Yellows, a disease of the gall in horses.
Zany, a buffoon, a fool.
Zed, a superfluous letter; a useless person.
Bradbury, Evans, & Co., Printers, Whitefriars.